The Vineyards

Great wines start in the vineyard so finding the right vineyards to plant on was critical.  A decade ago we did just that by stumbling on a tiny abandoned vineyard in the Waipara Valley, the perfect site for our Pinot Noir and Riesling, Waipara Valley’s most renowned varieties. This was Tony’s second vineyard after 10 years in the horticultural industry and his daughter, Catherine’s, first.

After a couple of vintages we decided to expand our range into other white wines, so the search for some land well suited to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris was on. In 2007 we finally found that site and commenced planting 25 hectares of vines. In 2010 Tony planted some Tempranillo there as well.

Then in the middle of 2012 we bought an established vineyard – planted in Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir along with Merlot – a new variety for us.  Once again another special site, on the Weka Creek riverbed.

Mount Brown block

The original vineyard, planted mainly with Pinot Noir and Riesling.  Our Pinot Noir vines are the oldest on the property, first planted in 2002. The vines are planted at very high density plantings of 4,200 per hectare and are trained on a two cane system (VSP) with a cane length of only 600mm to maximise flavour.

Limeloader block

This is our largest block where we have plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris along with small amounts of Tempranillo.  The soil is well-drained sandy gravels and planted to a high density of 3,000 per hectare.  

Weka Gravels block

A very warm site on the old Weka Creek riverbed with very infertile and stony soils.   This vineyard contains old vines of Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. 

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